The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is ‘coping’ despite being under ‘serious strain’ due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in several officers becoming infected.
The disclosure came Wednesday from Dorian O’ Brien, the Officer in Charge, while Police Commissioner Milton Desir is on vacation.
Speaking to reporters O’ Brien revealed that at least 33 officers as of Tuesday were COVID-19 positive.
“If at a station you have a shift of 12 and one person gets infected, the remainder, the 11, have to be isolated until they have received their results. Now it is not something where just the rapid test alone is sufficient, so persons may have to be isolated for a period of time, and you find if there are one or two or more on that same shift, it makes it even more difficult for us,” he explained.
O’ Brien said the RSLPF welcomes the ticketing system for individuals who violate the COVID-19 protocols.
“In enforcement now, you’ve breached the protocol – in the legislation, we can at least issue a ticket and do not have you at a station. And let me say – I will not mention which station or stations that we have had a number of prisoners at the station, and they are positive,” the senior police official told reporters.
Asked about the availability of tickets, O’ Brian responded that he could not say that they are available now.
“But what I can say is that we have already put in our application for it. There were some issues with the printery as it was told to us, but I believe the government entity responsible for it has probably outsourced the printing, or it is being printed now. But I am hopeful that probably by the end of this week, moving into next week, we will have the tickets available. But I would have preferred that we have it by the end of this week so we can start issuing it by this weekend because we have a long weekend,” O’Brien stated.
O’ Brian spoke as the RSLPF welcomed a batch of 49 Special Police Constables (SPCs).
He said even if the tickets are not available for this weekend, the SPCs will be on the streets enforcing COVID-19 protocols to a greater extent than before.
Headline photo: Stock photo of police check.